Joe Osborne: I'm a more recent radio operator, getting my ticket in 1943, doing the beacon circuit out of Digby to the Charlottes, then to Coppermine for 2 years and 1 year at Spring Island before getting out of the Department of Transport.

1 Dead Tree Point, Queen Charlotte Islands. Operations building. The site was directly north across the inlet from present day Sandspit Airport. Dwellings were behind the trees on the left.

 

2  Typical section of plank road north of Dead Tree Point on the QCI.

3 Dead Tree Operators Donaldson, Hooper & Lockett in the early 1940's.

 

4  Digby Island mast-top photo of the residences in 1945. Station eventually moved over to the airport on the other side of the island.
5  Digby Island looking northeast towards Prince Rupert, again from the top of a mast.
6  Digby Island looking south west towards the Marine Services area, again from the top of the mast.
7   Operators left toright: Clive Mclaren, Joe Osborne, Norm Strand. Digby March 1945.
8   Operators Lorne Nelson, Ken Maynard & Joe Osborne- Digby Sept 1945.
9   Side view of Dead Tree operations building.
10   General view of Spring Island Loran in the 1940's. Note the dipole antenna masts. Frequency was around 1800 kHz.

11 LORAN A Tx/Rx equipment at Spring Island. (LOng RAnge Navigation.) Very simply this station radiates a continuous series of short pulses. This pulse was synchronized with another from a station in Alaska and one in Washington. Time differences between the pulses could be transferred to a chart and a navigator could determine his position.

 

12  Typical Spring Island residence.
13   Richard Lobb leaving Spring Island for the last time. Dick has the grin and his "going to town" clothes on.
14   Joe Osborne at Spring Island. Joe is holding a glass Japanese fishnet float. These drift across from the Japanese side of the Pacific to wash up on the North American coast.
15   The Spring Island Landing Craft. The station was installed by the USCG during WWII to radiate navigational signals for vessels and aircraft operating along the coast. 

16  General view of Spring Island station. The Loran A station operated until the mid 1980's when it was superseded by Loran C.

 

17   Spring Island's plankroad down to the beach landing area.
18   Triple Island light station. Located west of Prince Rupert, BC.
19   View of two lighthouse tenders servicing Triple Island.
20   Triple Island in a bit of a blow.
21   Operator Jim Vint at the Cape St. James operating position in 1945. The radio station was co-located with the lighthouse at the extreme south end of the Queen Charlotte Islands and was staffed with RCAF radar personnel during the war
22   1945 photo of the Digby Island operating position--looking right.
23   Digby Island operations building in the 1940's.
24   1945 photo of the Digby Island operating position--looking left.
25   Langara Island light station located on the north west tip of the Queen Charlotte Islands. This site was also staffed by RCAF personnel during WW2.
26   Langara Island dwelling in the 1940's.
27   Langara Island with possibly Jack Leeming standing next the truck.  In the 1960's Jack was a radio inspector in Victoria.

28  Langara Island landing with some loading activity going on.

29   Transmitting equipment at Langara Island. c.1940
30   Neil Lang beside a RCAF truck at Langara Island, 1946
31   Langara Island's operating position, 1946.
32   Cape St. James view showing wartime RCAF buildings. Southern tip of the Queen Charlotte Islands.
33  Looking south from Cape St. James. Next stop is Vancouver Island.
34   Dead Tree radio station in the early 1940's. Station was located on the Queen Charlotte Islands.
   Good old National HRO receiver is still providing service. Stack of band change coils for the HRO are visible.

 

Joe Osborne